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IDRC funds research activities that are designed to directly benefit developing countries and their citizens. Our approach focuses on collaborative partnerships and projects proposed by research institutions and individuals. 
 
To build a critical mass of knowledge in our priority areas, we fund individual research projects as well as larger research programs in collaboration with other donors.
 
We mainly support developing-country researchers. There are opportunities, however, for joint research projects between developing-country institutions and Canadian or international researchers and institutions. Our Canadian Partnerships program also supports research and related activities at Canadian institutions.
 
We also offer fellowships and awards to both Canadian and developing-country graduate students.
 
For more information, click on the category below that applies to you:
 

Latest Results

While low fertility and aging can challenge government social safety nets, a new global study published in Science suggests that modest population declines can improve standards of living.In many countries, couples are having fewer babies – or none...
New global study points to higher returns for lower fertility Finding decent jobs for Peru's youthProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaCanadian initiative leading the way for equitable health systems and improved maternal, child health

Latest Results

There is an urgent need for solid research and policy guidance to tackle youth employment challenges in Latin America.In the region almost 9 million youth are unemployed. Regionally, for every three young workers, two are employed in precarious...
New global study points to higher returns for lower fertility Finding decent jobs for Peru's youthProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaCanadian initiative leading the way for equitable health systems and improved maternal, child health

Latest Results

The state of Punjab spearheaded the Green Revolution that has transformed Indian agriculture. Encouraged by price guarantees, expanded irrigation, and the introduction of high-yielding crop varieties, Punjabi farmers have shifted toward intensive...
New global study points to higher returns for lower fertility Finding decent jobs for Peru's youth Protecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaCanadian initiative leading the way for equitable health systems and improved maternal, child health

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Livestock diseases have a major impact on farmers’ lives in sub-Saharan Africa. South African and Canadian scientists are developing two livestock vaccines that will be affordable, heat-stable, and provide long-term protection against diseases.   ...
New global study points to higher returns for lower fertility Finding decent jobs for Peru's youthProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agriculture Five diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan AfricaCanadian initiative leading the way for equitable health systems and improved maternal, child health

Latest Results

For more than a decade, IDRC has supported a large number of researchers, research networks, and global institutions in their efforts to build stronger, more equitable health systems. Equipped with strong evidence, IDRC grantees are leading the way...
New global study points to higher returns for lower fertility Finding decent jobs for Peru's youthProtecting food, energy, and livelihoods in Punjab through water-efficient agricultureFive diseases, one vaccine — a boost for emerging livestock farmers in sub-Saharan Africa Canadian initiative leading the way for equitable health systems and improved maternal, child health
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IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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